PRICE CHOP FOR FORTUNER

TOYOTA ADDS STANDARD FEATURES AND TRIMS PRICING OF ITS FORTUNER LINE-UP.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

PRICE cuts across Toyota’s Fortuner line-up now sees entry into the range beginning at $42,590 for the base model GX manual.

It’s now cheaper than ever before to sit your derriere in one of the Fortuner’s seven seats, with price drops of between $5000 and $5500 across the board.

In addition to the price drops, each variant within the Fortuner line-up has been improved with additional features. On GX models, rear parking sensors are now standard and 17-inch alloy wheels replace the outgoing steelies; the mid-range GXL receives the option of sat-nav and Toyota Link connectivity; and, despite a $5K price cut, the range-topping Crusade gets an 11-speaker JBL audio system as well as heated, eight-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats. LEDs replace the halogen fog lamps.

Tony Cramb, Toyota Australia’s executive director of sales and marketing, said the changes would meet the desires of consumers who seek an off-roader but still desire the niceties and comforts of an SUV.

“Fortuner’s updates are based on specific feedback from our dealers and our guests, reflecting Toyota’s commitment to continuous improvement,” Cramb said.

“The added features further boost the appeal of Fortuner, which is recognised for offering the space, comfort, convenience and quality of an SUV while delighting owners with its prodigious offroad ability,” he said.

The changes will hopefully spark sales for Toyota’s seven-seater, with the September VFACTS report indicating sales of the Fortuner are down 40.4 per cent YTD when compared to this time last year.

VFACTS reports that 190 Fortuners left the showroom floor in September and 1960 Fortuners have been sold so far in 2017.

FORTUNER RRP PRICES

GRADE PRICE CHANGE GX manual $42,590 -$5400 GX auto $44,590 -$5400 GXL manual $47,490 -$5500 GXL auto $49,490 -$5500 Crusade auto $56,990 -$5000